Leica V-Lux 3 Review

Overall Score

55

Main Features

  • 12 MP 1/2.3 CMOS Sensor
  • 25-600 mm (24x) F2.8-5.2 Zoom Lens
  • 100 - 6400 ISO
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 12 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 124 x 81 x 95 mm, 540g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: V-Lux 2
  • Replaced by: V-Lux 4

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Leica V-Lux 3 Overview


First introduced in December, 2011, Leica V-Lux 3 is a 12 MP Compact with a 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Leica replaced the older Leica V-Lux 2 with V-Lux 3. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Leica V-Lux 3 with Leica V-Lux 2

Leica replaced V-Lux 3 with Leica V-Lux 4. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Leica V-Lux 3 with Leica V-Lux 4


Leica V-Lux 3 comes with a 6.08 x 4.56 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 7.6 mm (0.3").

- Full Frame
- Leica V-Lux 3

Sensor resolution of Leica V-Lux 3 ~ 3995 x 3003 pixels.

Leica V-Lux 3 has Crop Factor: 5.69

The sensor has a surface area of 27.7 mm².

There are approximate 11,996,985 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Leica V-Lux 3 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Leica V-Lux 4 Leica V-Lux 4 2012 12MP 100 - 3200 588g 125 x 87 x 110mm
Leica V-Lux 40 Leica V-Lux 40 2012 14MP 100 - 6400 210g 105 x 59 x 28mm
Leica V-Lux 3 Leica V-Lux 3 2011 12MP 100 - 6400 540g 124 x 81 x 95mm
Leica V-Lux 30 Leica V-Lux 30 2011 14MP 80 - 6400 219g 105 x 58 x 43mm
Leica V-Lux 2 Leica V-Lux 2 2010 14MP 100 - 6400 520g 124 x 80 x 95mm

Proc and Cons of Leica V-Lux 3


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Leica V-Lux 3 with competitors in small sensor superzoom cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
RAW Support
Long Battery Life: 410 shots
Manual Exposure Mode
23 Focus Points
±2 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Optical Image Stabilization
External Flash
12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
2.8 Lens at Wide
Microphone Port
25 mm Wide Angle Lens
Selfie Friendly Screen
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Lens at Tele: F5.2
No Articulating Screen
No AF Face Detection
Slow Lens at Wide: F2.8
Low Screen Resolution: 461k dots
Type Scores

Leica V-Lux 3 has an Overall Score of 55/100 and ranked #105 out of 802 in Compact cameras, and ranked #426 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Leica V-Lux 3 Scores
Imaging score
34
Features score
65
Value for money score
69
Portability score
79
Overall score
55
Average Scores in Small Sensor Superzoom
Imaging Score
25
Features Score
51
Value For Money Score
61
Portability Score
85
Overall score
45

Physical Dimensions of Leica V-Lux 3


Leica V-Lux 3 weighs 540g and has external dimensions of 124 x 81 x 95mm (4.88 x 3.19 x 3.74"). Considering that the average weight of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras is 392g, Leica V-Lux 3 is 148 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category. Leica V-Lux 3 is more by 11mm more than the average length in Small Sensor Superzoom.

Weight Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Leica V-Lux 3
540g
Average weight
392g
Min weight
136g
Max weight
1415g

Thickness Comparison
Small Sensor Superzoom Cameras


Leica V-Lux 3
95mm
Average Thickness
65mm
Min Thickness
0mm
Max Thickness
181mm

Here is the front and top view image of Leica V-Lux 3 with the dimensions:

Leica V-Lux 3

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight V-Lux 3 Dimensions V-Lux 3
Leica V-Lux 4 Leica V-Lux 4 588 g 540 g 125 x 87 x 110 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Leica V-Lux 2 Leica V-Lux 2 520 g 540 g 124 x 80 x 95 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic FZ1000 831 g 540 g 137 x 99 x 131 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Panasonic FZ150 528 g 540 g 124 x 82 x 92 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Fujifilm FinePix S1 Fujifilm S1 680 g 540 g 133 x 91 x 110 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Panasonic FZ200 588 g 540 g 125 x 87 x 110 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Panasonic FZ300 691 g 540 g 132 x 92 x 117 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sony RX10 813 g 540 g 129 x 88 x 102 mm 124 x 81 x 95 mm

Specifications of Leica V-Lux 3


General
Brand Leica
Model V-Lux 3
Announced December, 2011
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Lens Mount fixed lens
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier
Number of Lenses 0
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 461k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 9.50
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size 1/2.3
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.7 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6400
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 410 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model BP-DC 9
Physical
Weight 540 g
Physical Dimensions 124 x 81 x 95 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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